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Yankees Roster Moves


by Delia E.
  • Raul Valdes & Scott Proctor have both elected to choose free agency instead of being outrighted off of the Major League Roster
  • Aaron Laffey was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals from the New York Yankees
  • The New York Yankees 40 man roster is now at 37.

Yanks collect just 3 hits off Weaver in 2-1 loss

Colon pitched very well: 7 IP, 0 ER, but the Yanks' offense was quiet except for a Montero homer.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 8 0
W: Walden (5-3)
L: Laffey (2-2)
Jeter, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .296
Granderson, CF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .268
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
Rodriguez, Al, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .284
1-Nunez, E, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262
Pena, R, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .074
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 3 0 .302
Martin, C 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .240
Jones, An, RF 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 .242
Montero, DH 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 .350
Gardner, LF 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 .263
Totals 29 1 3 1 3 12 6 .266
Colon 7.0 6 1 0 1 5 0 3.55
Robertson 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.21
Laffey(L, 2-2) 0.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4.24
Ayala 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.84
Totals 8.1 8 2 1 1 6 0 3.69

And here is the game recap from’s Bryan Hoch:

ANAHEIM — Maicer Izturis’ game-winning drive landed in Curtis Granderson’s glove, too deep in center field to attempt a throw, and all Derek Jeter thought about was the toss he should have made.

Izturis connected for a bases-loaded sacrifice fly facing Luis Ayala in the ninth inning on Friday night, lifting the Angels to a 2-1 victory over the Yankees that made Jeter’s hurried fifth-inning throwing error loom even larger.

“It boils down to giving them extra outs,” Jeter said. “I gave them an extra out throwing that ball away.”

More importantly, Jeter added, the Yankees couldn’t afford to cough up runs facing a stellar Jered Weaver, who limited the Bombers to just Jesus Montero’s homer over eight innings, striking out 11.

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Game 125 | Yankees @ Twins

Ivan Nova has pitched very well in the past for the Yankees, but can he get another win today?


Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Eduardo Nunez SS


Ivan Nova (12-4, 4.21 ERA) v.s Nick Blackburn (7-10, 4.53 ERA)

Pregame Notes:

— Left handed pitcher Aaron Laffey turned out to be the move that the Yankees were going to make to get A-Rod back. Laffey made his Yankees debut yesterday pitching 2 3 innings in a 9-4 loss to the Twins

— Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes the Yankees outfield consisting of Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson & Nick Swisher is one of the best OF in baseball

Enjoy the game.

Morning Bits: Hughes, Garcia, A-Rod, SWB, Laffey

Wow how about Hughes last night.  He looked great.  Hopefully he continues this for the stretch run.  Also good to see some production for Martin.  Also another 2 hits from the Captain.

here are your morning links…

* His place in the rotation is secure, Hughes shows why he deserves it.

* Garcia was placed on the DL to make room for a new player.

* A-Rod could DH in Sunday’s game.

* SWB Yankees dropped their 9th straight game.

* Laffey acquired by the Yankees.



NY Yankees 76 47 .618 40-24 36-23 668 478 +190 Won 2 7-3
Boston 76 48 .613 .5 38-24 38-24 660 516 +144 Won 2 5-5
Tampa Bay 67 56 .545 9 32-28 35-28 522 477 +45 Won 3 8-2
Toronto 64 61 .512 13 31-29 33-32 593 567 +26 Lost 1 6-4
Baltimore 47 75 .385 28.5 29-35 18-40 509 652 -143 Lost 3 3-7

Game 123 | Yankees @ Twins

In his last outing v.s the Rays, Hughes pitched 6 innings of 2 run ball


Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C


Phil Hughes (3-4, 6.55 ERA) vs. Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.91 ERA)

Pregame Notes:

— Freddy Garcia might end up going to the DL after he cancelled a schedule bullpen session. Garcia who suffered a cut from a kitchen accident is still unable to throw the splitter.

UPDATE: Yankees placed RHP Freddy Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 8, with a laceration to his right index finger.

As expected, the newly-claimed Aaron Laffey will replace him on the active roster. Garcia hasn’t pitched since August 7, so he is eligible to return from the disabled list for the doubleheader in Baltimore next weekend.

— The Yankees claimed LHP Aaron Laffey off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. To make room for Laffey, the Yankees DFA’d Gustavo Molina. Laffey will join the Yankees tomorrow in Minnesota.

— Alex Rodriguez could be activated as early as tomorrow, but to make sure A-Rod’s 100% Girardi most likely won’t activate him until Tuesday which is the home-opener v.s the Athletics.

Alex Rodriguez (knee) said his workout Friday at Target Field was “encouraging.”

A-Rod said he wasn’t timid running the bases and reacted at “game speed” on defense. It sounds like he’s a pretty good bet to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, though Rodriguez said he will wait overnight to see how his body recovers.

Enjoy the game.

2011 Trade Deadline: Left-Handed Relief

It has been made clear that among the types of players the Yankees are searching for are left-handed relief-pitchers. Although Boone Logan has done a fairly solid job of late, they really could use another good lefty in the bullpen. And Steve Garrison is not the solution. There isn’t a clear date in which Pedro Feliciano or Damaso Marte are expected to return, so the Yankees definitely need to make a move for a lefty specialist. Here are some favorable options:

  1. Craig Breslow, OAK: Breslow has been a model of consistency in 2011, 2010, 2009. He has averaged a 2.98 ERA over those past 3 years. This year so far has been the weakest year of those 3 seasons, as his H/9 has spiked up from 6.4 to 10.8, but he seems to be able to limit the damage quite well, as his ERA is still only 3.34 despite that H/9.  He hasn’t had a real platoon split throughout his career, with lefties batting .223 and righties batting .217. Although, this year lefties are getting more hits off of Breslow. However, this could be a simple case of bad luck, as his career stats do not reflect this year’s platoon split. Because he can get righties out as well, Breslow doesn’t just have to be a lefty specialist as Logan is. His fastball tops out a 92-mph. In addition to that, Breslow throws a cutter, a 12-6 curveball, an above-average change-up, and a slider. CONTRACT: Signed through 2011, 1 yr/1.4 MM, Arb. Eligible in 2012, Free Agent in 2014
  2. Aaron Laffey, SEA: Although Laffey is no big-name reliever, he is quietly having himself a very strong season with the Mariners. This year, lefties are hitting a mere .190 against him, compared to righties hitting .322. Therefore, Laffey is your typical lefty specialist. Laffey primarily throws an 88 mph sinker, and is a ground-ball pitcher, with a 1.10 Ground Ball/Fly Ball ratio. His secondary pitches include an above average slider and change-up. Considering how well Laffey has done this year versus lefties, he would be very helpful indeed to the Yankees. CONTRACT: Signed through 2011, 1 yr/432K, Arb. Eligible in 2012, Free Agent in 2015
  3. Randy Choate, FLA: Choate is pitching extremely well this year. He is someone the Yankees should have pursued in this past offseason. In 20.1 innings of work this year, Choate has a 1.33 ERA, 26 SO and only 10 BB. This year, lefties have only hit .123 off of him, while righties still only hit .214. So Choate doesn’t just have to be used for lefties, but he’d do a fantastic job against them. Against left-handed batters, he has a terrific 11.50 SO/BB ratio. The Marlins are in last place, and Choate is the pitcher I want to see the Yankees make a trade for. CONTRACT: Signed through 2012, 2 yr/2.5MM, Free Agent in 2013
  4. Trio of Lefties on the Cubs: The Cubs have 3 lefties in their bullpen: Sean Marshall, John Grabow, and James Russell. Marshall is an elite set-up man, who the Cubs have adamently said is not available to be traded. If that changes, then he would be a very solid option, although I’d be hesistant to trade for Marshall because of the potential price tag in prospects. Grabow and Russell are good against lefties, but still lean more on the side of mediocre lefty specialists. If you’re going to trade for a lefty, trade for someone who you know is going to be very effective.
  5. Sergio Escalona, HOU: Escalona has only been in the majors for 2 years, but his numbers against lefties have been fantastic. They hit only .170 against him, and get this: he’s only given up 1 lefty extra-base hit in 2 years. As a result, lefties only have a .226 SLG against Escalona. He had a 4’s ERA last year, but its done to 2.43 this year. I doubt many people have heard of Sergio Escalona, but he looks like a viable option to get lefties out, and I can’t imagine the price tag of a trade being very high. CONTRACT: Pre-Arb Eligible, Arb Eligible in 2013, Free Agent in 2016

Well this is what I narrowed all the lefties in the majors down to. If there are any others that stand out that I missed, let us know in the comments section.